The Supreme Court announced its verdict on the pleas challenging the decision of UGC on conducting final year exams. The court-mandated the conduct of final year university exams by the end of September.
Today the Supreme Court pronounced its judgment on final year exams. The apex court announced its final verdict on the pleas challenging the decision of UGC asking the universities, colleges, and higher educational institutions to conduct final year exams by the end of September amid the pandemic.
The Supreme Court announced that the final year university exams will be conducted as per the rules of the University Grants Commission. It said that the states are required to hold the final year university exams and for any exemption, they will have to take permission from the University Grants Commission.
However, the bench also held that “the decision taken by the state of Maharashtra to cancel exams amid the pandemic under the Disaster Management Act shall prevail”.
The Supreme Court of India, in its verdict today, conferred that “the states and universities cannot promote students without holding final year exams by September 30. However, states, which are not inclined to hold final year exams by September 30, will have to make representation to the University Grants Commission (UGC)”.
SC: Final Year Exams Mandatory
The final verdict on final year university exams was announced by a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan. The apex court upheld the UGC’s 6th July 2020 circular stating that the final year university exams must be conducted. The apex court ordered that the states should mandatorily hold the final year exams in order to promote the students.
However, considering the COVID-19 pandemic situation it also conferred that the states can postpone examinations under the Disaster Management Act, in such a case the states will have to consult the University Grants Commission to get news dates of holding the examinations.
The Supreme Court conferred “State disaster management authority (SDMA) can postpone exams overriding UGC guidelines. However, SDMA cannot direct institutes to pass students based on previous performance”.
“The directions of State Disaster Management Authority for canceling exams in those particular states will prevail over the UGC directions”.
It also added that states and the Union Territories cannot promote the students without writing exams as directed by UGC. But the states and UTs have the right to approach the body seeking a postponement of the deadline.
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